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Pat Adamson has worked in education for over forty years. She has been a classroom teacher, resource teacher, reading clinician and curriculum coordinator.

Laura Brake is a Mathematics Achievement Specialist at the Department of Education in Prince Edward Island. She has a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

Faye Brownlie is a passionate literate and learning educator who resides in Vancouver and works in staff development locally, nationally, and internationally.  

Karen's career includes 20 years teaching in Early and Middle School classrooms and 10 years as an Elementary & Middle School Program Consultant. Currently she is consulting on K-12 literacy projects in Manitoba and the Middle East.

Heather Deneka has been an early years educator for 18 years and is currently teaching in a multi-age classroom at Beausejour Early Years School.

Suzanne Dienstbier 

Suzanne Dienstbier is currently working as the K – 12 Literacy and Languages Program Leader in Sunrise School Division. 


Lori Emilson

Lori Emilson is the Divisional Literacy Curriculum Support Teacher in Lakeshore School Division.

Carole Fullerton is passionate about mathematics instruction. Carole is a teacher-leader working in K-12 classrooms to support the development of numeracy instruction across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, the territories and beyond.

Chris Gusberti
Chris Gusberti is new this year with the Manitoba Rural Learning Consortium. He is currently a math teacher at Collège Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau French immersion high school in the River East Transcona School Division. He has worked as a math teacher at CPET for the past 10 years.

Barb Galessiere
Barb Galessiere is a Curriculum Support Teacher for Literacy and Assessment for Hanover School Division. In this role, Barb looks after all aspects of training new teachers and supporting experienced teachers including offering small group in-servicing in literacy and assessment topics, modeling lessons in classrooms and meeting with teachers one-on-one for training.

Natalie Hlady has been teaching for sixteen years in the Sunrise School Division.

Ted Johnston is the K-6 Math/Science and Innovation Leader at the Department of Education, Early Learning, and Culture in Prince Edward Island.

Carol Larson is a facilitator with the Manitoba Rural Learning Consortium (mRLC). Carol has almost 20 years of experience at the secondary level as a math and science educator, serving in schools in four states and two provinces.

Andrea Maxwell has been an early years educator for 14 years. In addition to her current role as a Grades three and four classroom teacher, Andrea acts as team leader in the areas of mathematics and technology at Centennial School in Lac du Bonnet.

Susan Miller is an experienced classroom teacher, literacy support teacher, resource teacher, guidance counsellor, and inclusion specialist.

Meagan Mutchmor

Meagan Mutchmor is K-6 Mathematics Consultant in Winnipeg School Division.

Warren Nickerson works with the MRLC with senior years English language arts teachers on essential learning. Warren supports the design of learning progressions with engaging contexts, opportunities for rich conversations, and effective formative assessment. 

Martha Reimer has spent most of her teaching career in Hanover School Division.  She is an Early Years Literacy Learning Coach with a wide variety of teaching experiences.

You Greg Schettler is an educator with the Lord Selkirk School Division. He has his bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba where he graduated in 1996, and completed his first post-baccalaureate Diploma in Education at the University of Manitoba with a focus on guidance and counselling in 2010.

Brett Schmall is a high school ELA and Drama teacher in the Hanover School Division.  This year he takes on the role of Divisional Learning Coach, the likes of which will see him working in various classrooms across the division.

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. As a commentator and writer, he is a valuable contributor to our understanding of indigenous issues.

Dr. Cathryn Smith has been an educator for over 35 years working at all levels from elementary to post-secondary.

Kelly Smith has been teaching high school English Language Arts for 10 year, 9 of which she has spent in Lord Selkirk School Division. During that time she has taught a variety of grade 10-12 ELA classes, including literary, comprehensive, and transactional focuses.

Chris van der Mark has 22 years experience in BC’s k-12 sector. Chris was raised just outside of Vancouver, but has spent his entire educational career in northern, rural BC. An early highlight was spending 10 years as teacher, vice principal, and principal in the Hazeltons, a predominantly First Nations community with a rich culture and history.

John Van Walleghem consults in educational administration and student services and operates Education Solutions Manitoba for promoting educational consultants.